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Keeping 130-year hot cross buns tradition alive

Posted onPosted on 22nd Feb

The annual distribution of hot cross buns by the Old Meeting House Unitarians in Mansfield will take place on Good Friday, 29th March, at the Stockwell Gate entrance to the chapel grounds, at 10am.

The annual tradition, dating to 1894, is a legacy from the will of Mary Mallatratt, a popular landlady of the Blue Boar Hotel (now the Santander Bank) in Mansfield Market Place, and has been carried out ever since. (Pictured is the distribution in 1994)

A small amount of buns will be distributed as usual, while the bulk of the donation will again go to the Trussell Trust Food Bank.

The Old Meeting House said it was grateful to Morrisons, Mansfield Woodhouse, which in past years has generously matched the buns, adding to the donation.

The Rev Maria Pap said children are welcome to go along to the chapel on Good Friday to help keep the tradition alive, together with people who perhaps received a hot cross bun themselves as a child.

From 11am there will be a short devotional service in the chapel, followed by refreshments.

Check out the Facebook page, Old Meeting House Mansfield, or the chapel’s noticeboards for more information.